Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share with you the 5 things that successful women do differently. I shared these same five things with my niece during a recent conversation we had about success. I told her to become successful she will need to follow a proven formula. Since success leaves clues, the formula wouldn’t be hard to decipher.
The first thing that successful women do differently – The believe!
Have you ever dreamed of doing something but thought….”I can’t do it, I am not good at that, other people are better at it than me, I don’t have what it takes, I’m going to fail for sure”…. and so on. Where do you think these thoughts come from? They come from your habitual thoughts or your beliefs.
The Chained Elephant
There was an elephant at a circus that was chained to a pole as an infant. He tried to break away, but was not strong enough to. Over time, he became monstrous. One day, the circus accidentally caught on fire, and the elephant died.
He was enormous, and could have easily ripped the pole out of the ground to run away to safety, but there was a SELF-LIMITING BELIEF IN HIS MIND that told him he would not be able to do it, and so he didn’t even try.
Do you understand the impact your beliefs can have on your life? Beliefs can empower us or cage us in forever. Beliefs are that powerful. Even though you may not be able to see how or why (just like the elephant), they have the ability to transform your life.
What I’ve come to understand is that EVERYTHING is based on belief. EVERYTHING.
The 4 Minute Mile Miracle
Prior to May 6th 1954, no one had ever run a 4 minute mile. The general consensus around the world was that it was physically impossible. Experts stated that the human body was “just not capable of it.” They even went as far to insist “his lungs may explode and he would certainly die.”
This belief rang true for decades, and during this time hundreds of athletes continued to fail to break through this barrier. May 6th 1954, Rodger Bannister ran the miracle. By doing this, he didn’t only break a world record, but he broke a limiting belief in the minds of hundreds of athletes. The four minute mile was now possible.
Fast forward to present day, running a four minute mile is now common practice. Even High School students can break that record.
Four benefits of belief.
Belief creates vision. Successful women see the work and they see themselves doing the work. They see themselves preparing, practicing, performing, and achieving. They ignore distractions. They ignore doubters. They do not concern themselves with what critics say. Because of this mental clarity, successful women who believe win in their mind first.
Belief creates strength of will. Strength of will is not about the commitment to start; it’s about the commitment to continue. It’s about the many “re-commitments” that are necessary to sustain the journey when it gets difficult, tedious, and painful, when you face the grind. Successful women stays the course.
Belief creates resilience. Resilience is the ability to Respond and bounce back from adversity. It is the capacity to navigate through challenges and difficulties and setbacks. Belief empowers successful women with unshakable resolve & determination. It is what animates their ability to respond to any situation with extraordinary toughness, tenacity, and perseverance.
Belief ignites & activates. Belief does one more thing that is unique in successful women. Belief unleashes them because it has laser focus. It gives them full access to their talents and abilities. Belief is the trigger that empowers successful women to perform at the highest level.
When you have the will and the belief that you can do something, you are going to do it. Simple as that. You are what you believe. If you believe that you are going to fail then you probably will. If you believe that you will be successful then you will call many successes into your life.
As you develop this belief in your life, you too will become more successful. When you succeed on the inside, by taking on the thoughts and patterns of a successful person, the results will show on the outside.
Next week, we will talk about habit #2 – Do it afraid!
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